The Best Things to Do in Paris in September

This post lists our top 10 suggestions for things to do in Paris, including popular events, attractions, and festivals that are happening September 2019. Be sure to check the weather in Paris before you pack! 

For more things to do, check out our popular Paris posts: 




Our top 10 list includes some free things to do, family-friendly activities, and events happening in the evenings.

(1) Attend a Concert

September has a few big-name artists and events in Paris, which is definitely a great way to spend a night in the City of Lights. 



Check out the full concert lineup to see all of September’s events in Paris.

For more things to do at night in Paris, check out our post on the best evening activities

(2) See a Major Sporting Event

Summertime is coming to an end, but football season is still going! There are plenty of matches during the month of September. 



Football (Soccer)

If you want to see all the events in September, click here.

If you’re looking for more family-friendly activities in Paris, check out our full post. 

(3) Take a Sightseeing Tour

September means brisk weather and the chance to take a deep breath after the heat of the summer finally lets up.

This means it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy the streets with a bike tour through Paris or a pay-what-you-wish walking tour with an entertaining guide. 



If you’re excited to try delicious French pastries and food, check out these popular food tours

Of course, if you’d rather explore on your own, self-guided walking tours are always a good option.

Rick Steves offers some downloadable audio tours that cover some neighborhoods and museums in Paris. 

(4) Enjoy the Theatre

Moulin Rouge

If you’re looking for something that is a bit more stereotypically Parisian, why not see a show at the Moulin Rouge? The cabaret has exotic costumes, entertaining performers, and live music.

We recommend getting your tickets early, as performances tend to sell out a month or more in advance. 

Check out more nighttime activities on our full post.



Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days is a comedic, Monty Python-esque play based on the book by Jules Verne.

It is a race around the globe with an English gentleman being chased by a London police officer. Enjoy the journey from trains to elephants from June through September 21, 2019. These evening performances will be fun for the whole family. And we have more kid-friendly activities in our full post. 

(5) European Heritage Days

On the third weekend in September every year, the city celebrates European Heritage Days.

or two days, on September 21 and 22, 2019, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication ensures that Parisian monuments are open for the public to enjoy. 



You can find concerts, gallery showings, and other events at participating venues throughout the city.

Some monuments and venues include the Philarhomie de Paris, Arc de Triomphe, and Elysee Palace. 

(6) Festival d’Automne

This long-running festival has something for everyone, as it seems like the whole city participates.

Cultural institutions from all over Paris participate, including theatre, music, dance, film, and other art forms. 



If you’re interested in an art form, you can probably find an event for it during the festival! 

You can find performances and exhibitions from September 10, 2019, through the end of the year at over 40 locations.   

(7) Paris Fashion Week

One of the most high-profile fashion weeks happens in Paris from September 23 – October 1, 2019. This event sets the tone for fashion all over the world for the upcoming year.



There will be a few events open to the public, but tickets are in high demand so you should keep an eye on the calendar months in advance.

These events are generally independent of the official runway events, but still exciting for fashion fans.  

(8) Take a Day Trip to Versailles

In September, the weather is still brisk and pleasant enough to spend an enjoyable day exploring the Palace of Versailles and its gardens. 



The palace sits on a beautiful estate that has been the site of multiple important meetings and events throughout history and is only 40 minutes from Paris by train.

The gardens are large enough that we recommend budgeting at least half a day to explore or take a bike tour.

We have a full post on finding deals for your tickets and how to find interesting Versailles tours.

(9) Paris Garden Festival

Parisian parks and gardens everywhere are displaying their colorful autumn leaves, which makes it a perfect time for the Paris Garden Festival

You can see inside more than 150 parks and gardens, many of which aren’t usually open to the public. This includes Parc Monceau and Parc Georges Brassens.



You’ll also be able to find free activities in various districts of the city like guided tours, concerts, demonstrations, and workshops. 

For other free activities, take a look at our post about free things to do in Paris.

(10) Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

With a tourist attraction discount pass, you’ll get to see much more at a bulk discount – up to 55% for some popular attractions!

The passes give you bulk discounts since you’re getting entry to multiple attractions upfront. You’ll also get to skip box office lines at participating locations! 



Attractions Include:

  • Arc De Triomphe
  • Paris Aquarium
  • Paris Opera House
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours
  • And much more.

For more information on all the discount passes available, check out our full pass comparison post.


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About the author

Christina studied art history and French literature at the Sorbonne for a year in Paris as an undergrad. Now based in Washington, DC, she visits Paris as often as possible and loves introducing family and friends to her favorite places there. She has worked as a travel writer, museum professional, English tutor, and editor, and her favorite French cheese is Pont l'Eveque.